Monday, October 24, 2011

Discovering The Joys of Milk Tea

It's Tea Time!

I have always been a coffee drinker.  Ok that is quite the understatement.  I am a coffee addict.  Back in the Philippines, I drank 2-3 cups of Tall Cappuccino from Starbucks a day.  Variety comes when it’s Christmas and the Christmas Planner promo is in full swing.  Toffee Nut Latte.  What a joy!  And do you remember Gingerbread Latte way back when?  Starbucks Christmas drinks, I will definitely miss those this year!  But I digress.  The point is, it’s coffee or bust.

I do drink tea every now and then but always the “house tea” types when you go to Chinese or Japanese restos.  Some Iced Teas are great – I drool over the yummy Iced Tea at Pho Hoa.  But one thing that struck me as odd is mixing tea with milk.  It just doesn’t go well together!  Until I tasted Serenitea, but that’s different because it’s cold and it’s not really “tea” – “tea.” 

Sure goes well with High Tea!
But what is living in Sri Lanka without some appreciation for tea and the many ways that people enjoy it?  Last year, I was with J, my Filipina friend and she invited me to her home for some tea and cookies she baked.  She made me try plain black Dilmah tea with milk.  What do you know?  It’s pretty yummy!  I guess it’s just a matter of getting used to the taste.  But it was quite a revelation.  When I started working, we had a Lipton Tea and Coffee dispenser and I would frequent the machine not for the coffee but for the hot Milk Tea.  Never thought that would happen in a million years!  Haha!

When hubby and I went on our honeymoon trip to the heart of the tea country – we even experienced High Tea.  Really good quality tea (add some milk if you must) and a selection of snack goodies.

Hubby is ready!
Maybe it’s the Ceylon Tea – they say tea from Sri Lanka is one of the best in the world!  Or maybe just embracing new experiences.  Whatever it’s worth, I’ve discovered the joys of drinking milk tea La Vida Lanka!    


  1. You must one day teach me to appreciate milk tea! ;)

  2. Surely!!! When you go to Manila, try mo Serenitea and other Milk Tea shops - those are the cold kinds. I tried one just before I left for SL last year and maybe that helped me appreciate Milk Tea (the hot kind) more :-) The funny thing is I like my coffee/cappuccino/latte without sugar but somehow I like my Milk Tea WITH sugar. Konti lang though! Hahahaha!

  3. Gosh even without the milk Ceylon tea is sooooo good! Normally I don't like earl grey tea..but there is a big difference between Dilmah (Sri Lanka)and Twinings (UK) in terms of taste and fragrance! Wow. Dilmah's earl grey is just so aromatic! I also find that so many people ruin the taste of tea by leaving the tea bag in for too long. Usually flavored teas are for 3-5 mins and black teas are for 1 minute. I really don't know why people leave it in the pot to become bitter. I digress. Again thanks for all the yummy Dilmah tea!!

  4. Wow! You've turned into a true tea expert! Haha :-) I did notice that amongst the other brands Dilmah is really one of a kind :-) Happy you love the teas! :-)


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